SCUGOG: Council made moves, at a special meeting on Monday, July 24th, to allow and support the Winding Roads Music Festival being held in September.
At the meeting, council agreed to approve an application, from Margaret Ayres of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham, to temporarily rezone the subject lands at 1401 Scugog Line 6, to allow the country music festival, and to not require a financial security deposit from Ms. Ayres for possible damage to Scugog Line 6.
“However, should repairs be required as a result of the event, staff will be directed to meet with Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham to discuss compensation,” Scugog Deputy Mayor Janna Guido said.
According to a report from planning technician Rob Vertolli, Township staff met with members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham, in May, and determined the zoning of the lands did not permit a music festival, however it was “not feasible to relocate the event.” So, members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham submitted an application for a temporary zoning by-law amendment.
The report also states the Township’s Community Services Department were concerned about where the Scugog Line 6 road reconstruction project would be at that time, and possible damage to the road allowance.
“Typically, Staff recommend that applicants deposit significant financial securities with the Township, to be used by the Township to repair any damage to the road allowance,” the report states.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back questioned how much the deposit would be.
“Lori [Fox] and I had a brief discussion on this matter, and she said typically it would be a minimum of $750,000,” planning technician Diane Knutson said.
Councillor Back then asked if there is any way to prevent possible damage to the road.
Carol Coleman, the Township’s director of community services, said it is hard to know what state the road project will be in when the event occurs.
“I don’t see the damages being near $750,000, I don’t see a situation where that would happen. There’s not much the organizers can do. They will have access from Hwy. 12,” she said.
Councillor Back later made a motion to not require a financial security deposit for any possible damage to the Scugog Line 6 road allowance.
According to the report, organizers plan to use the rear of the existing industrial building for the event being held on Saturday, Sept. 23rd, and the main tent is expected to accommodate “seating for 756 persons.”
Alcohol is expected be sold on the site from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. .